UNINETT Sigma2 participates in several international initiatives and collaborations in the field of High Performance Computing, distributed computing and data infrastructure.
The primary motivation to participate in international activities is that Norway in isolation does not have sufficient critical mass and funding to develop and maintain e-infrastructure services that at any time cover all the needs of Norwegian researchers and that is state-of-the-art concerning hardware, software, standards and policies.
The main role for Sigma2 is to govern and coordinate the Norwegian participation on behalf the partners. The coordinating activities consist of representing Norway in the governance structure of the collaborations (council and board), planning of the Norwegian participation in the project work packages and the project funding management (i.e. the money flow from the international organizations and to the partners).
The mission is thus to expand Norway's national e-infrastructure service offering through European cooperation, resulting in Norwegian research teams gaining benefits from the international cooperation.